Nutrient intake improves mental well-being

Variety of foodLast month, researchers in Canada published a study in Canadian Journal of Psychiatry showing a link between proper nutrient intake and mental health.

Researchers studied a cross-section of nearly 100 adults regarding intake of carbohydrates, fat, protein, vitamins, and minerals. They also studied Global Assessment of Functioning scores and symptoms of depression and mania. All 97 adults had pre-existing, diagnosed mood disorders.

What they discovered was quite interesting.

The study revealed a significant correlation between GAF scores and intake of B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, and B12. Significant correlations were also discovered for calcium, phosphorous, potassium, iron, magnesium, and zinc.

In addition, HDRS scores showed fewer depression symptoms when iron levels were higher, and YMRS scores showed fewer symptoms of mania when zinc levels were higher.

Higher levels of psychological functioning were associated with food intake with supplements. This is good news for Truehope, since our EMPowerplus supplements contain all the minerals and vitamins shown to be linked to positive mental well-being.

According to the researchers, “in the treatment of people with mood disorders, factors of importance include the assessment of food and nutrient intakes.”

We’ve suspected for 16 years that nutrition was the key to improving mental health. This publication joins a growing body of research that seems to support this stance of ours.

Remember to take your vitamins!